Minister: Mubarak in Good Health

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Egyptian Information Minister said reports of Mubarak suffering from terminal cancer are untrue.

"The president is in good health and has been given a clean bill of health by his doctors following his recent gallbladder surgery in Germany," Information Minister Anas El Fekky told Reuters news agency in a statement.

"We obviously understand the interest in this issue given Egypt's geopolitical weight and the president's role as a force for stability in the Middle East," the statement read.

"However, the media reports published on the president's health are based on nothing more than rumor and speculation without any factual basis whatsoever, including a recent report citing anonymous intelligence sources," Fekky wrote.

The Times quoted a Central European Intelligence official who said the president had a year to a year and a half to live.

The information minister's statement refuted a report in The Washington Times on Sunday, which said the U.S. and most Western intelligence agencies believe Mubarak, 83, is suffering from terminal cancer and would not likely live to see the September 2001 presidential elections.

Mubarak has not formally said whether he would seek re-election in 2011 for another six-year term. His son, Gamal, and Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman are seen as two possible successors to the president.

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